Today Google published their latest Android Dashboard and it showed a healthy jump in the adoption of Android Lollipop. The latest version of Android is now running on 18.1% of all Android devices, up 5.7% over the June report. This is good news for developers and consumers alike as more devices are seeing updates to Lollipop or are now shipping with it as their installed OS level. And while many will contend that fragmentation is an issue for Android, the numbers released by Google seem to indicate it isn’t as big a deal as some might think. Indeed the numbers for versions older than KitKat, the previous version prior to Lollipop, all saw drops in installs.
Of all the versions of Android, KitKat and Lollipop make up the majority of installs. Combined they equal 57.4% of all Android installs while Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich fell overall to just 9% of the install base. Jelly Bean comes in a distant third in overall installs at 33.6%.
Data collected during a 7-day period ending on August 3, 2015.
The last report that Google published was in June so the delta’s we are seeing in the numbers are two months old. That could account for some of the dramatic drops. Also keep in mind that the numbers are based on devices that visited the Google Play Store, something that is only supported on Froyo (Android 2.2) and higher.
You can check out all the details on the Developer Dashboard.